The 2016 State of Scrum Report

State of Scrum Report

The Scrum Alliance has published their 2016 State of Scrum Survey: With the 2016 State of Scrum Report, we hope to provide deeper insights by industry and geographic region. These insights will demonstrate how flexible Agile practices such as Scrum are uniquely positioned to create business and organizational success beyond software development and around the world. […]

Attend our next PM Leadership Development Program – April 17th in Fairfax, VA

John and Shawn are pleased to announce that our next Project Manager Leadership Development Program (PMLDP) will take place at the Mason Enterprise Center in Fairfax, VA on Sunday, April 17th. More information is here on our website, and tickets are available here. Project Management Institute credential holders are eligible for 8 Professional Development Units […]

Teamwork – What Does it Take?

A team is greater than the sum of its parts. As individuals our contributions are limited to a singular effort. As a team we can accomplish so much more. Teamwork requires more than technical competency. On teams that I have lead, character and temperament often matter more than technical competency. From character and temperament comes the foundation of great teams; integrity, accountability, reliability, identity, empathy, loyalty, camaraderie, compassion, and optimism. These attributes will empower a team to do great things together and supports them to achieve any mission, or objective placed before them – not just that defined in the moment.

The Corporate Psychopath and Delusional Leadership

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In Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson relates Job’s penchant for distorting reality calling it the reality distortion field. I call it delusional leadership. Steve Jobs created a powerhouse company, and a lot of collateral damage along the way.

Leaders who operate from a delusional state could be considered psychopaths, Machiavellian or narcissistic. In the book Snakes In Suits, Paul Babiak and Robert Hare refer to this as the dark triad of subclinical psychopathy, discuss the differences, and note that psychopaths are at the mean end of the spectrum. The methods of the corporate psychopath make it difficult at times to assess the difference between the ordinary use of power and influence by leaders, and the psychotic underpinnings of manipulation and exploitation used by corporate psychopaths.

Communication Skills for Project Managers: Respectful Confrontation

Book Cover: Joe Weston - Respectful Confrontation

I teach Leadership in Georgetown University’s Project Management Certificate Program. Last Wednesday, I had the pleasure of working with another great group of committed students who were moving through the Spring intensive program. This cohort had a longer-than-usual discussion about preventable communication breakdowns, and asked me to share my experience: I have often met project managers whose skills ranged from very competent to exceptionally talented, that avoided difficult conversations until it was too late. The more experienced students suggested “cover your ass” techniques, but their suggestions still avoided what was perceived as confrontation.